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I live in a property that I rent privately and there is a minor issue with water leaking in through the ceiling in the bathroom. I am having problems getting this sorted. Can you help?

I am sorry to hear that you are having an ongoing issue with repairs in your home. It is important that you report the problem to your landlord as soon as possible, even if it is a relatively very minor issue. If the repair is urgent, you should report this by phoning them to make sure the work is carried …

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I have worked for my employer for the last four years, and after returning from a furlough during the pandemic have been advised that I no longer have a job. No reason has been given for this. My employer just says that I no longer work there.

I am sorry to hear that this has happened to you. It is important that you find out the reason that your employer has done this.  As an employee with two or more years’ service, you can request a written statement from your employer giving the reasons why you have been dismissed. The employer must supply this …

I have worked for my employer for the last four years, and after returning from a furlough during the pandemic have been advised that I no longer have a job. No reason has been given for this. My employer just says that I no longer work there. Read More »

The noise from fireworks being set off by my neighbors is terrifying my dog. I have been to the vet, and they prescribed medication, but I want to know what the rules are on fireworks and what I can do. Can you help?

I’m sorry to hear that your dog isn’t having the best of times with the fireworks. Many pet owners take measures at this time of year to reduce their animal’s exposure to the noise from fireworks. Seeking the advice of a vet is one such measure, and medication may be prescribed, as well as other tips …

The noise from fireworks being set off by my neighbors is terrifying my dog. I have been to the vet, and they prescribed medication, but I want to know what the rules are on fireworks and what I can do. Can you help? Read More »

My partner and I recently decided to go our separate ways. We have lived in private rented accommodation since the start of the pandemic, and I am staying in the home – he is going. We are overdue on the rent due to a reduction in working hours. What can

When a relationship breakdown happens, it is important to get financial and practical affairs in order as soon as possible, to avoid any confusion further down the line. If you are named on the tenancy agreement (either as joint or sole tenant), you have a legal / contractual right to live in the property. If …

My partner and I recently decided to go our separate ways. We have lived in private rented accommodation since the start of the pandemic, and I am staying in the home – he is going. We are overdue on the rent due to a reduction in working hours. What can Read More »

I’ve had an ongoing dispute with my employer about contractual issues and was going to escalate this through an employment tribunal. They have offered me a ‘Settlement Agreement’. Can you offer any advice?

In situations where an employee has a complaint against an employer, and they are able to pursue this through an employment tribunal, it is possible for the employer to attempt to settle the dispute to prevent a claim being made against them. If your employer attempts to convince you to forfeit your right to go …

I’ve had an ongoing dispute with my employer about contractual issues and was going to escalate this through an employment tribunal. They have offered me a ‘Settlement Agreement’. Can you offer any advice? Read More »

I recently returned to work after being furloughed, but my employer is closely monitoring all staff through CCTV and conducting searches. It feels like they’re trying to intimidate us or even find reasons to dismiss us. What can we do?

I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Any surveillance or monitoring that an employer carries out should be detailed as a procedure in your contract or in the employee handbook.    These should explain how you could be monitored and give the reason(s) why they would do so. Employers are heavily restricted in terms of when they can monitor without your knowledge or permission, and they …

I recently returned to work after being furloughed, but my employer is closely monitoring all staff through CCTV and conducting searches. It feels like they’re trying to intimidate us or even find reasons to dismiss us. What can we do? Read More »

I am really struggling after being made redundant. I still have bills to pay, and I am finding myself getting further and further into debt. I don’t know where to start. Can you help?

I am sorry to hear that you are currently out of work, and that you are struggling with debt. Many people are finding themselves in a similar position just now. You don’t need to deal with this alone, and it is good that you have reached out for support. Understanding Debts Priority Debts – It is important …

I am really struggling after being made redundant. I still have bills to pay, and I am finding myself getting further and further into debt. I don’t know where to start. Can you help? Read More »

My neighbor recently had a jacuzzi installed in their back garden and seems to be out in it, having parties with friends most nights. The noise is keeping me awake when I am working the following morning. Can you help?

Excessive noise at night can keep us awake, especially in the summer months. With good weather and lighter nights, neighbours can sometimes get carried away, and with windows open, we can be more sensitive to outside noise. With that being said, we have the right to rest in our own homes. Attempt to resolve issues informally …

My neighbor recently had a jacuzzi installed in their back garden and seems to be out in it, having parties with friends most nights. The noise is keeping me awake when I am working the following morning. Can you help? Read More »

Coronavirus Restrictions (Scotland): Understanding the Changes in Practical Terms

On 22nd September 2020, the Scottish Government announced changes to coronavirus restrictions in Scotland that will take effect from 23rd September. These changes included: restrictions on household gatherings (no visiting other households) reinforcing the benefit of home working, where possible the introduction of a package of support for people who are asked to self-isolate (Details to be …

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Amazon Prime Day: 13th & 14th October 2020 – Avoiding Disappointment through Informed Choices

There are considerations for consumers when making purchases online at any time, but care should be taken during online events to ensure your purchases are safe and provide value-for-money. The impulse to purchase something straight away when we see a bargain is all too familiar for most of us. To ensure that our expectations are …

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